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WBH_2023 President

It is amazing, a little over a year ago I was elected President of Wisconsin Bowhunters Association. As they say, “Time flies when you are having fun”.  I must confess it has been a learning experience for me, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

WBH and Horicon Marsh Archers held our annual benefit banquet. This was my and my wife’s first time attending, and we weren’t sure what to expect. We had heard many stories, but being there in person was a great experience. The event ran very smoothly and seemed to be enjoyed by all attending. WBH appreciates what Horicon Marsh Archers and all the other WBH affiliated archery clubs do to support WBH. Thank you!

The 83rd annual WBH Membership Convention was held on March 2, 2024, and is in the books. The vendors that attended the event were happy with the number of people that visited their booths and they all seemed pleased with the amount of goods they sold. For the most part the vendor hall always seemed busy and full of members visiting and getting reacquainted with old friends. Many of the youth, along with some adults attending the event, enjoyed the hover ball game, which was free for all to enjoy. Judging by the number of tickets in many of the buckets for the bucket raffles, we must have had some good items for WBH members to take a chance at winning. 

The seminars were well attended and were very informative. Attendance at the awards banquet was down from last year, but those who were there enjoyed themselves. WBH’s featured speaker for the banquet was our own Mike Brust. Mike did a great job of entertaining those present, humorously reflecting on the many joys of his youth, growing up as a young and budding hunter, and sharing his many bowhunting escapades. Many in attendance complimented his presentation. Thank you, Mike!

I am not sure that all the beer that was provided for the Meet and Greet session after the banquet was drank, but many enjoyed it, and some very good conversations were had.

The convention committee is already planning for the 2025 convention. We will more than likely be in Stevens Point again next year, on March 1, 2025. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending. Our hope is to make the convention even more entertaining than this year. One gentleman approached me after the banquet and commented that we need more young people to attend the convention. He suggested each older person attending the convention either invite or pay for a younger bowhunter to attend the convention. Sounds like a good idea to me. How about it? We do need more young bowhunters attending our events. Dan Evenson has agreed to be our 2025 convention featured speaker. With only one species of caribou left to take, Dan will hopefully complete the North American Grand Slam this year. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to hearing from him at the 84th annual convention.

The turkey hunting seasons are fast approaching and there seems to be plenty of turkeys on the landscape, especially jakes. I love turkey hunting for two reasons. It is something to hunt this time of year, and it is always a challenge to try and match your wits against such a warry animal. I normally get to take 3-5 hunters out each year, which is very rewarding to me. Besides it gives me another chance to appreciate God’s great outdoors.

Be sure to mark your calendar now for the annual WBH State Broadhead Shoot at Kennedy Park in New Lisbon. It is going to be held on September 6, 7 and 8. Plan on attending and challenge yourself and/or others who attend with you.

No message to the membership would be complete without a request from you, as a valued member, to try to recruit your friends and hunting partners and encourage them to join WBH. The more members that WBH has the more influence we have with the legislators of the state and also when dealing with the DNR.

Speaking of the DNR, the annual DNR/WCC Spring Hearings, held in each county of the state, will be on April 8, 2024, at 7:00 pm. The hearings are returning to the in-person format this year. Please attend and represent and protect our bowhunting rights and privileges. There are eight questions that may affect bowhunting in the future.

Finally, please consider taking a kid hunting.  Our youth are the future of WBH.


Rich Kirchmeyer

WBH President     

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